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Days Gone By

leaderbug 06 Jun 2020

Bottom of the painting got muddy. I didn't like the bridge in Bob's painting and I don't like it in mine. It feels unresolved. Might end up doing this one again and change that section. Still, a fun painting.

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Leasderbug, just a little tip. Vertical lines always shall look vertical. That is why bridge is falling down. Cabin too.

Your sky is very moody and dark. I think it is a success. Pine trees on the left are also very good as underpainting. If you add very modest by color highlights to the trees in the green and on the bark it will bring them forward out of the darkness.
Use just slightly lighter version of the bark color and dark yellow green with just little drop of white.

Vertical lines in parallel to the verticals of the canvas edges.

Thanks @sunnylady - excellent tips - especially about keeping it vertical to the canvas edge. As I go along, I'm building up stamina and can paint for longer periods to get in details like highlighting. Don't know how Bob did it in 30 minutes!! Thank you!

No problems at all. I hear you. I had the same progression. After first time of 2 hours I was exhausted but now I can go for 4 hours and still enjoy the process!

The main thing I discovered that works for myself is to take tea-breaks. I get a cup of tea and sip it just watching on the painting from some distance.

That's great advice! Stepping back from the painting and thinking about where you want it to go.

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